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The British television personality on a popular BBC gardening program, Sarah Raven has a passion for both gardening and cookery. She combines both subjects in this attractive collection of thoughts on her favorite things to grow for the table. Photographer Jonathan Buckley captures the luscious vegetables, attractive herbs, and edible flowers in stunning portraits that leap from the book's pages. The author wisely advises that those with limited time and space should concentrate on varieties that are worth growing, without wasting time and energy on others. By focusing on the choice crops, particularly those that are more flavorful when eaten fully ripe and just picked from the garden, the gardener will receive greater enjoyment from the gardening experience. In the discussion of each crop, she provides tips on how to get the most production with the least work. Unfortunately, many of the plant varieties she mentions may not be readily available in the United States, and the selection of plants is based on her experience growing in southeastern England.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden